Katrin Winkelmann


Katrin Winkelmann

Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trade Mark and Design Attorney
Representative before the UPC


Katrin Winkelmann

Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
European Trade Mark and Design Attorney
Representative before the UPC

In her comprehensive, strategic IP consultancy for hidden champions and innovative medium-sized enterprises, Katrin Winkelmann combines legal and technical expertises with an en­tre­pre­neurial perspective on intellectual property. This includes freedom-to-operate and infringement analyses, patent portfolio and patent mapping analyses, transaction consulting and IP due diligence, as well as patent valuation.

Katrin Winkelmann has many years’ experience in creating international patent portfolios. Another core area is at­tack­ing and defending patents, in opposition, appeal and revocation proceedings. Her work to safe­guard competitive advantages also includes legal action against rights in­fringe­ments and the enforcement of claims. She also advises on innovation programmes and employee incentive arrangements regarding employee inventions.

In 2019, “Lawyer Monthly” conferred Katrin Winkelmann the “Women in Law Award” and she has been nominated as "Patent Attorney of the Year" for the "Women in Business Law Award 2021". According to Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers, she ranks as one of Germany’s best lawyers in 2022 in the field of Intellectual Property Law. IAM Strategy 300 recognises Katrin Winkelmann as one of the “World’s Leading IP Strategists”: “Coming from a management consulting background, Katrin Winkelmann puts the emphasis on business when advising on complex patent portfolio, enforcement and transactional matters. Her strategies are well-calibrated and grant her entrepreneurial clients an immediate edge" (2021). "Praised for the exceptional quality of her work and targeted manner of addressing clients’ needs, Katrin Winkelmann is a discerning choice of partner for strategic patent projects. She fosters creative approaches in emerging areas such as the Internet of Things” (2020). 

Katrin Winkelmann speaks German and English.

Technical focus

  • Automation engineering, additive manufacturing
  • Digitisation, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Renewable energies
  • Filter technology, hygiene systems
  • Industrial services, predictive maintenance, condition monitoring
  • Laboratory equipment, bioprocess technology
  • Agricultural engineering, precision farming
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Packaging technology


Engineering studies at TU Darmstadt, Germany, in the USA and Great Britain, Master's degree in Civil Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.); PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University.

Several years of professional experience as strategy consultant at Boston Consulting Group in the area of industrial goods, innovation and process management and at the Institute for Industrial Management FIR at RWTH Aachen University in the area of application-oriented research and con­sul­tan­cy for hidden champions and innovative SME.

Legal training at Eisenführ Speiser, at Mannheim Regional Court as well as in the in-house IP department of a global leader in agricultural engineering. Patent Attorney since 2010, European Patent Attorney since 2011.


  • Patent Attorneys Association (PAK)
  • Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi)
  • German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)
  • Federal Association of German Patent Attorneys
  • Association of Intellectual Property Experts (VPP)
  • Association of German Engineers (VDI)
  • Member of Research Advisory Board of Research Institute for Industrial Management at RWTH Aachen University

Publications & Presentations

Recent Case Law in German Patent Law 2020

published by Eisenführ Speiser


Patentschutz für innovative Künstliche Intelligenz

mt|medizintechnik Heft 05/20, TÜV Media GmbH (Publisher)

Recent Case Law in German Patent Law 2019

published by Eisenführ Speiser


Smart Crisis Response - Managing your patent portfolio in exceptional situations


April 2020


Patentschutz in der vernetzten Medizin

Interview in DeviceMed

Januar 2020

Praxistipp: Patent- und Arbeitnehmererfinderrecht

"Women in Law Award"

Recognition in Lawyer Monthly "Women in Law Award" Publication, August 2019

Recent Case Law in German Patent Law 2018

published by Eisenführ Speiser


"Wie ist geistiges Eigentum zu bewerten?"

BC – Zeitschrift für Bilanzierung, Rechnungswesen und Controlling, Heft 4/2019, Seiten 186 bis 189, Verlag C.H.BECK oHG, München 

"Forgotten Problems: When M&A Meets IP"

Contribution in Lawyer Monthly

August 2018, weitere Autorin/further author: Dr. Sandra Müller

Recent Case Law in German Patent Law 2017

published by Eisenführ Speiser


Recent Case Law in German Patent Law 2016

published by Eisenführ Speiser


Beitrag zum Tagungsband sowie Vortrag zum Thema "Analyse von Patentportfolios: Generierung aussagekräftiger Ergebnisse als Entscheidungshilfe für die strategische Planung"

im Rahmen der PATINFO 2016 "Big Data - Chancen und Herausforderungen", 8. bis 10. Juni 2016, Ilmenau

Recent Case Law in German Patent Law 2015

published by Eisenführ Speiser


Patentbewertung - Was ist geistiges Eigentum wert?

Perspektive Patentanwalt, e-fellows.net wissen, 2010

Kapitel "Schutzrechtsmanagement für industrielle Dienstleistungen. Möglichkeiten des Patent- und Kennzeichenschutzes für industrielle Dienstleistungen"

Gaterman/Fleck (Hg.), Technologie und Dienstleistung, Innovation in Forschung, Wissenschaft und Unternehmen, Beiträge der 7. Dienstleistungstagung des BMBF, 2008


Schutzrechtliche Absicherung und Verwertung von innovativen industriellen Dienstleistungen

Integration von Intellectual Property Management in den Service-Engineering-Prozess, "UdZ-Unternehmen der Zukunft", Schwerpunkt Dienstleistungsmanagement, 2/2007

Prospektive Bewertung der kooperativen Erbringung industrieller Dienstleistungen im Maschinenbau durch Simulation mit Petri-Netzen

Shaker Verlag, 2007, zugl.: Aachen, Techn. Hochsch. Diss.

Prospective Analysis of Cooperative Provision of Industrial Services Using Colored Petri Nets

Donatelli, S., Thiagarajan, P.S. (Hrsg.): International Conference on Application and Theory of Petri Nets (ICAPTN) 2006, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2006

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